The Importance of Stakes

Today we’re going to talk about stakes, which in short is the bad stuff that’s going to happen to your character if they don’t achieve their goal (or if they … Continue reading The Importance of Stakes

How flashforwards can make your characters more loveable

A look at the movie Arrival from the lens of narrative structure and empathy: how can we play with narrative structure to increase character/reader empathy? How does Arrival do it, and how does it work so well?

Build Your Own Free Creative Writing Course Part 1: Description

So I did a post the other week on whether or not you should study a Creative Writing MA (or slightly longer ago now, I’ve moved house and started working … Continue reading Build Your Own Free Creative Writing Course Part 1: Description

Why Symbolism is Beautiful (And Why You Should Be Using It)

Way back at the beginning of term (I’m in the Transnational Creative Writing Masters Programme at Stockholm University) we had an awesome workshop from Cassie Gonzales. She was talking about … Continue reading Why Symbolism is Beautiful (And Why You Should Be Using It)

Why I’ve Moved From Team Pantser to Team Plotter

There’s an age old debate amongst writers: do you plan, or do you pants? To plan or not to plan… that is the question – Definitely Not Shakespeare Well, I was firmly … Continue reading Why I’ve Moved From Team Pantser to Team Plotter

Writing When You Don’t Want To Write

In a previous post, we looked at the difference between writers and non-writers. A writer is anyone who puts pen to paper (or more likely, fingertip to key) and gets … Continue reading Writing When You Don’t Want To Write

Problems with Writing: Characterisation

So a few weeks ago I submitted a piece of writing to The New Yorker. I had been working on it for a while and this means that the editing process … Continue reading Problems with Writing: Characterisation